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'Cubie Adventure' Looks Like an Interesting One-Touch Platformer

UNIT5 Studio has revealed their new game Cubie Adventure. It looks like an intersting take on the "tap to change directions" genre of game that's been spreading with titles like Cliff Hopper [Free] and DROP NOT! [Free] However, this looks incredibly involved, as levels containa variety of actions that can be triggered through your various taps. As well, each character will have a particular skill of their own to deploy. Plus, there's a bunch of pets that can run along with you. Gimme those cubic puppers, oh yeah...

Check Out the New 'Widower's Sky' Trailer

The adventure/puzzle game Widower's Sky looked quite gorgeous and intriguing from the day it was revealed, but we haven't had too much news recently. Well, the developers have let us know in a nice forum post that the game is still in the works, and feedback from the original beta has helped Whaleo out with the title. They're now saying that the game is going to release on PC as well, but no worries about the mobile version: it's still in the works and the game is expected to launch alongside the desktop version. Check out the 2017 trailer, which looks absolutely stunning:..




Cmune Soft Launches Sci-Fi FPS 'Deadheads' and Shutters Previous Military FPS 'Squad Wars' After Just 3 Months

It's hard to get an idea of what Hong Kong-based developer Cmune is up to recently. They successfully launched their military first-person shooter Squad Wars back in January, but apparently the game did not fare so well as after just 3 months they've turned off the servers and have removed the game from the App Store. Part of their reasoning for this is to focus entirely on their new sci-fi first-person shooter called Deadheads, which has officially gone into soft launch today. However, Deadheads has actually been in production for several years and already soft-launched under the slightly different name Deadheads: Infected back in the fall of 2015. That particular version of the game is no longer available, and this newly soft-launched Deadheads appears to use a different app ID...

I don't think any one of you will be surprised to hear that there's a movie tie-in mobile game for Smurfs: The Lost Village. The game is called Smurfs Bubble Story  [Free] and is, as you can guess, a bubble popping game. As is the case with pretty much all bubble popping/matching games ever, you try and strategically match bubbles that then pop. When they do so, you get rewards and you can create your own collection of famous smurfs. You get to collect Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and all the other Smurfs you grew up with (if you have). There are also boss battles, with the infamous Gargamel waiting to, well, burst your bubble...

Lucky Kat and TurtleBlaze's 'Road Warriors' Needs Beta Testers

Lucky Kat is helping out TurtleBlaze with bringing Road Warriors, a mobile version of their 2D racer Intergalactic Road Warriors, to mobile. And now you can help them out, as the game hasa opened up beta testing. Check out the forum thread for some GIF action, and then follow the instructions to sign up for the beta of this game, described as a one-touch racer with a daily mode to play...

Why, hello there, friends. I was just waiting here in this comfy chair posing for no reason at all when you decided to join me by clicking that link. Since you're here, allow me to ask you a few questions. Do you like adventure? If so, do you define 'adventure' as playing a really sweet first person role-playing game? And provided you're still with me, do you prefer that brand of adventure to be in HIGH DEFINITION? If you are nodding your head vigorously right now, I have a couple of things to tell you. First, don't nod at words on a screen. I can't see you right now. But the people around you can, and they probably think you're a little off. Sorry if that was a little harsh, but the second thing I have to say might make it up to you. Both The Quest HD [$4.99] and its expansion Islands of Ice and Fire HD [$2.99]are on sale right now for their lowest prices ever...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

Despite being inundated with mountains of work over the past few weeks, I've somehow managed to fit in time for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch, and like basically everyone else on the internet I'm in love with the game in almost every aspect. That being said, one factor from previous Zelda titles is missing, and even being able to climb and fly off everything does not make up for its absence. You guessed it - with no hookshot in the game, I'm unable to make Link defy the laws of physics and rocket in random directions. Thankfully, Legend of the Skyfish [$0.99] takes the polar opposite approach and entirely consists of hookshot (okay, fishing rod) action, and when the game launched back in August of last year, Carter bestowed the game with an extremely positive review because of its interesting puzzles, excellent art style, and the aforementioned brilliant core mechanic. If you flew past Legend of the Skyfish at its initial release, the game is on sale for only $0.99, which is certainly a price to gr onto for some entertaining puzzle action...

'Ace Racing Turbo' Brings Breakneck Speeds and Titanic Tracks to the App Store, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

While titles such as Real Racing 3 [Free] and Rush Rally 2 [$1.99] have driven to the front of the pack when it comes to realism and immersion in the mobile racing genre, I've always had a soft spot for games that abandon this ethos and dial the ridiculousness up to 11. Whether that's causing a 20 car collision on Burnout, or simply flying around with reckless abandon in Jet Car Stunts 2 [Free], racing titles that lay off the brake and go for pure thrills resonate with me greatly. Hence why the upcoming Ace Racing Turbo has caught my eye - with monumental extensive racing tracks and an abundance of turbo to propel your cars around them, this latest driving title drops the simulator label for pure chaos, and the developers are currently looking for beta testers if such action piques your interest...

Classic Reload - 'The Room'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where we just want to know what's in the box. In this column, we take a look at classic games from the App Store's past to see how they hold up in the light of the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, to reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you'd really like to see, don't be shy! Simply comment below and I'll add your suggestion to the master list for future consideration...

Asmodee Digital continues to release great digital versions of board games and card games, and the just-released Onirim [$0.99] looks to be another fun one. In Onirim, whose name comes from the Greek word for dream, you play as a Dreamwalker lost in a mysterious labyrinth that has eight hidden card doors. Since they are hidden, you'll have to find and reveal all eight of them, either by drawing and playing cards or by using a key card. You won't be without opposition, though, because the deck also contains nightmare cards that will force you to discard your cards...

It's been about a year and a half since Activision snatched up Candy Crush maker King for a smooth 6 billion dollars, and in May of last year the CEO of King hinted that Activision Blizzard was interested in utilizing some of their top IPs in mobile game releases. Could this mean a Diablo match-3? An Overwatch line-drawing game? A Call of Duty reskin of Clash of Clans? Oh wait, that last one already exists. Anyway, Call of Duty is definitely one of the biggest properties for Activision, and the various mobile games that have released in the series have all done quite well for themselves. I'm pretty sure there's STILL a ton of people playing Black Ops: Zombies [$6.99] even though it's well over 5 years old. Anyway, it looks like Activision is indeed ready to leverage their purchase of King and according to a job posting that was spotted by Polygon, they're currently hiring members for a team to create a mobile Call of Duty game that will "strive to transform the best console experience fans know and love, while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre."..

2D Multiplayer Shooter 'Mayhem' Now in Google Play Early Access

The 2D competitive multiplayer shooter genre is set to get quite crowded with bgames like Armajet and Mayhem in beta. While there's a bunch of Armajet players out there, Mayhem is taking a big step toward public availability. Right now, the game is in early access on Google Play. It's only available in several regions, but several big ones at that: the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Sorry, other countries that get soft launch games, it's time for the Americas to shine. U-S-A! U-S-A! ..

'Robot Unicorn Attack 3' Launching Worldwide Next Thursday

The latest entry in the fabled Robot Unicorn Attack franchise was first announced back in January, and just about a week later it soft-launched in select territories. A couple of weeks after THAT, Adult Swim Games detailed some of what they had in store for Robot Unicorn Attack 3 in terms of updates and fleshing out their zany world of mechanical unicorns. This leads us to just last week when pre-registration opened up for the game on Android, leading us to speculate that the worldwide launch wouldn't be too far off. Well, if Senior Producer at Adult Swim Games Chris Johnson's Twitter timeline is anything to go by, it looks like Robot Unicorn Attack 3 is all set to launch worldwide next week...

Beloved Story-Driven Adventure 'To the Moon' Hitting iOS and Android Next Month

In August of last year, developer Freebird Games announced that they'd be partnering up with X.D. Network to bring the beloved indie hit To the Moon to the mobile platform, and that day is finally approaching. Originally released on desktops in 2011, To the Moon follows the story of two doctors who travel through the memories of terminally I'll patients in order to fulfill the patient's dying wish by way of implanting the experience into their brains. In this particular instance the patient Johnny's last wish is to go to the moon, and as the doctors travel back through Johnny's entire life of memories they'll discover all the reasons why that's what he wants to do. It's a pretty trippy concept and To the Moon is quite an emotional journey. Despite looking like a classic 16-bit RPG, To the Moon is entirely story-based and there's no combat, inventories, party management, or any of the other traditional RPG elements. The game was originally created in RPG Maker, and what X.D. Network is doing is completely remaking the game in Unity in order to port it to Android and iOS, meaning it will have a slightly different visual look and improved UI over the original, and they've sent along some screens of the new version to give us an idea of what it's like...

We've talked in the past about how successful Ellen DeGeneres' mobile games have been, especially Heads Up!, which is still hovering in the top 10 paid apps even after all this time. Today, Ellen has launched another mobile game called Hot Hands [Free], also based on a game she has her guests play on her show. Hot Hands is very simple but also quite frantic. Players get to see the photo of a celebrity and have to quickly shout his or her name and press the big red button (because every game is made better by a big red button). You get 3 seconds to name the celebrity and 30 seconds to name as many celebrities as you can. There are plenty of categories like TV Stars, Award Winners, Musicians, Millennials, and so on...

Journey to Un'Goro Has Launched, Get Crackin' Opening Packs in the Latest 'Hearthstone' Card Set

If you've been following along with Tasos's weekly Hearthstone roundups, you're likely fully aware of just how excited we've been for the latest card set release- Both because new cards are always fun, and because this set officially kicks off the Year of the Mammoth card rotation. All the cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of explorers will be heading to Wild. Additionally, Blizzard is sending some classic cards off to Wild (which they're calling the "Hall of Fame" now). Those cards include Azure Drake, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance, and Conceal. That's a lot of cards, but, as of right now there's 130 new cards being injected into the card pool via Journey to Un'Goro packs. Those packs are now available for opening in the US, and Un'Goro should be available in other regions later in the day...

Gameloft Reveals Tons of 'Modern Combat Versus' Details, Soft-Launch Coming Soon

Gameloft's Modern Combat series has long been the benchmark for military first-person shooters on mobile, and like its console and desktop inspiration Call of Duty, it would offer high end visuals, an action-packed single-player campaign, and a robust online multiplayer to mobile gamers every couple of years. But the times they are a-changing, and what once worked for the Modern Combat series wasn't cutting it in today's App Store climate. The last entry in the series was Modern Combat 5 in July of 2014, and after trying to launch as a fully paid premium title it floundered and promptly pivoted to a more typical free to play model, which has allowed it to stay afloat and keep a decent flow of updates coming for the past few years. But the old Modern Combat formula was in need of a serious shakeup, which is what the company hopes to do with Modern Combat Versus...

Out Now: 'Transformers: Forged to Fight', 'MouseBot', 'Faily Tumbler', 'Race Control Director', 'Drop Not!', 'Under a Spell', 'Tiny Gladiators' and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS game releases! The App Store gods never seem to want to let up, and this week we get the previously soft-launched Transformers mobile fighter from Kabam, a new Faily game for those who want to indulge in spectacular ragdoll body crashing, and the unique racing sim Race Control Director that has you playing an integral but often unknown role in the world of motorsports. There's also Vector Unit's crazy mechanical mouse racer MouseBot which actually launched a couple of days ago with a serious bug but it has thankfully already been fixed. Lots of stuff to consider, so check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

Death Road to Canada [$7.99] is the best thing since sliced bread, or, potentially even better than sliced bread depending on how you feel about roguelikes and carbohydrates. We loved the game in our review, and my only minor gripe with the game is that I want to play it for long sessions and I'm just more comfortable doing that on an iPad with an MFi controller. The game launched without MFi support, even though I gave Rocketcat and Madgarden heck about it during the beta...

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